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This rather ter­rific series about du­elling Lon­don news­pa­pers con­tin­ues, with Char­lotte Ri­ley’s char­ac­ter Holly, a deputy news ed­i­tor at the fic­tional The Her­ald, front and cen­tre. “One of the things that at­tracted me to the role was that it’s quite in­ter­est­ing to see some­body, par­tic­u­larly a woman, who is re­ally pas­sion­ate about their job and pas­sion­ate about what they do — and then how that leaves them in quite a vul­ner­a­ble place per­son­ally,” says Ri­ley. “You see how her job has im­pacted her life and her per­sonal life, and the huge amount of sac­ri­fices that she’s made to get where she is.” Ri­ley says in re­search­ing the role, she con­cluded she would def­i­nitely have “a panic at­tack” if she had to write and work at the speed she wit­nessed. “It’s quite sim­i­lar to act­ing, you’ve The Komin­sky Method Stream­ing on Net­flix from Fri­day There are a lot of things to love about this new show, but chief among them for me is see­ing vet­eran cre­ator Chuck Lorre ( Two and a Half Men) demon­strate he can do the golden age of TV as well as any­one else. And just to show that he gets his rep­u­ta­tion for low­brow sit­com pab­u­lum, the first episode The Komin­sky Method is pep­pered with sar­cas­tic ref­er­ences to The Big Bang The­ory. It stars Michael Dou­glas as once fa­mous ac­tor, now teacher, Sandy Komin­sky and Alan Arkin as Nor­man New­lan­der, his friend and agent whose wife is dy­ing. It’s pretty great. It also fea­tures Nancy Travis and Sarah Baker, and Danny DeVito guest-stars. AP Bio Stream­ing on Stan Not since Senor Chang pre­tended to teach Span­ish 101 in Com­mu­nity has tele­vi­sion had a more sar­cas­tic and dis­in­ter­ested teacher; there is no “Oh cap­tain, my cap­tain” in­spi­ra­tion to be seen. “My name is Jack Grif­fin and I don’t want to be here,” an­nounces Glenn How­er­ton’s char­ac­ter. What fol­lows is suf­fi­ciently amus­ing. There is some­thing about the trope of the lame walk­ing again that never fails to put a lump in one’s throat: from the Bible to Ken­neth Branagh’s mem­o­rable turn as Franklin Roo­sevelt in Warm Springs, which con­cluded with the po­lio suf­ferer walk­ing again (af­ter a fash­ion), to last year’s Stronger (Thurs­day, 8.30pm, Pre­miere), mak­ing its Fox­tel de­but this week. Based on the me­moir of the same name, Stronger stars Jake Gyl­len­haal as Jeff Bau­man, who lost his legs in the 2013 Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing. The cast also in­cludes Ta­tiana Maslany, Mi­randa Richard­son and Clancy Brown. Also screen­ing on Fox­tel this week: the gross-out sex com­edy Block­ers (Sun­day, 8.30pm, Pre­miere). Pro­duced by Seth Ro­gen, among oth­ers, it tells the story of a trio of par­ents who try to pre­vent their daugh­ters from car­ry­ing out a pact to lose their vir­gin­ity on prom night. It stars Leslie Mann, John Cena and co­me­dian Ike Bar­in­holtz. And fi­nally, Re­view’s Graeme Blun­dell in­tro­duces the swords-and-san­dals epic Spar­ta­cus (Satur­day, 8.30pm, Fox Clas­sics) di­rected by Stan­ley Kubrick and star­ring Kirk Dou­glas in the ti­tle role, along­side Lau­rence Olivier, Peter Usti­nov, Jean Sim­mons and Tony Cur­tis.

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